Roger Corman to produce new Edgar Allan Poe adaptations

News Ryan Lambie
20 Dec 2012 - 06:44

The master of low-budget cinema, Roger Corman, is returning to the works of Poe, with new adaptations on the way...

A Bucket Of Blood or The Little Shop Of Horrors aside, our favourite Roger Corman movies are undoubtedly his extraordinary adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe. Beginning with House Of Usher in 1960, these movies often played fast-and loose with their source stories, and were often shot rapidly, but they also saw Corman at the height of his creative powers. Their saturated colours influenced horror for years afterwards, and usually featured some great, glowering performances from Vincent Price.

Although Corman has focused his energies on a rather different cycle of mutant monster pictures (Sharktopus, Piranhaconda and the like), The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that he's returning his attention back to the master of the macabre, with a new series of movies based on the works of Poe.

The adaptations will run not dissimilarly to those of the 60s, with House Of Usher coming first, followed by The Pit And The Pendulum, Premature Burial, Tales Of Terror, The Raven, The Hunted Palace, The Masque Of The Red Death and The Tomb Of Ligeia.

Although Corman will be producing rather than directing, it sounds as though his new Poe movies will follow a similar format as the original, with an emphasis on implied horror rather than gore ("Poe always worked with the unconscious mind," Corman has said), and the story goes that he wants to find an actor who can bring the same "sensitivity and neuroticism" that the late, great Vincent Price brought to those earlier films - preferably a TV actor in their 50s.

Bryan Cranston, anyone?

House Of Usher is scheduled to begin filming in 2013, with more Poe movies to follow at the rate of two per year.

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